The traditional season opener of the Japan Golf Tour's domestic season, the Token Homemate Cup at the Token Tado Country Club in Nagoya, sees Queensland-based Northern Territorian, Anthony Quayle, Queensland's Aaron Wilkin and NSW’s Andrew Evans all making their debut in Japan as cardholders.
Both Quayle and Wilkin did however played an early season event in Myanmar.
The trio played their way onto the Japan Golf Tour by securing cards at the Q-School last December, Quayle finishing an impressive 4th, ahead of Evans in 16th and Aaron Wilkin who was 23rd.
Quayle has done well in the first year of his professional career, recording seven top tens in PGA Tour of Australasia events including a 3rd place finish at the Oates Victorian Open and by finishing 4th at the Q-School he gets plenty of early season starts to advance his cause.
32-year-old Evans’ career claim to fame is his runner-up finish to Peter Senior at the 2015 Australian Masters at Huntingdale and a 3rd place finish at the 2016 Fiji International.
Wilkin has struggled in his few years in the professional ranks but by earning the right to play in Japan in 2018 he at least has a quality tour on which to play this year and the chance to improve his standing in the game.
The trio is part of a 10-player Australian contingent this week with Brad Kennedy, Brendan Jones, Matthew Griffin, Todd Sinnott, David Bransdon, Scott Strange and Won Joon Lee also in the field.
Jones, the highest earning foreigner in the history of the Japan Golf Tour, is a former winner of this event and making his third start for 2018.
New Zealander Michael Hendry, another former winner of the event, gets the chance to continue his successful career in Japan.
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